Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has weighed in on a debate about refereeing by saying numerous officials in Spain had been prone to favour their club’s great competitors Madrid that is real, in an interview on YouTube show “Post United” on Thursday, said that if the vast majority of La Liga referees supported Real Madrid, they would naturally be partial to that team when refereeing their games.
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The central defender, recovering from a long-term knee injury, was reacting to Spanish media reporting comments from former referee Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez that many officials in Spain were Real Madrid fans.
Iturralde said the split between Real Madrid and Barca supporters on the officials’ list was “90% to 10%.”
“Even subconsciously, how are they not going to give more decisions to one side than the other?” Pique queried. “I know they try to do their best, when a moment of doubt comes…”
Pique also spoke about the drama surrounding teammate Lionel Messi, who has stated he will wait until the end of the season before deciding where his future lies.[Messi]Among the clubs that are said to be courting Messi is Paris Saint-Germain, which even prompted Barca coach Ronald Koeman to say the French giants talk about Messi “too much. while I respect the professionalism of the referees and” Koeman additionally chided PSG celebrity Angel Di Maria’s “disrespectful” claims on a Messi that is potential move
“It’s surprising that a player from an other team would say that, you’d have to ask him why,” Pique said about Di Maria’s comments. “I see
as focused as ever.”
Pique was similarly coy on his thoughts about the exit of Luis Suarez from Barca to league leaders Atletico Madrid summer that is last in which the Uruguay striker happens to be having a good season.
“Ask usually the one who allow him get. That’s not my fault,” Pique said, referring to Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned as club president in 2020.
On Bartomeu’s well-documented ouster, Pique stated: “When you make an effort to getting away from issues and you delegate and you also never appear, every thing becomes really complicated. Issues aren’t fixed on their own. The club required more leadership, for the elected president to exhibit their face.”(*)Reuters added to the report.(*)